Written by Lord Peter Ricketts, former National Security Adviser and UK Ambassador to France, this Briefing Paper recommends that the UK and France step up joint work on defence, security and nuclear deterrence policy.
The new National Security Capabilities Review might engage the public in thinking about its role in protecting the UK in contrast to perceiving the military as primarily for going far away to fight foreign wars.
The threat level to the UK from international terrorism has been reduced from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’: the lowest it has been for more than four years. The move suggests there is cautious confidence within the security agencies.
When young men and women join the Armed Forces they do so with the full realisation that they may be required to lay down their life for their country. In return for this sacrifice, they should be afforded the same human rights protection as every other British citizen. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has worked to ensure that the human rights of military personnel are protected. It is...